The fact that we get motive power now from machines and extraneous energy, rather than human muscle power,as in the past,makes it possible to run an engine, stove, jet or dynamo, and is one reason why literal human slavery became obsolete in the early part of the Industrial revolution. It became to expensive to maintain humans in regard to their labor contribution. It became pointless within the context of the Price System to literally enslave humans when machines could do most of the work in a more energy efficient way. Since the Price System is all about making money and social control, the so called morality of enslaving other humans was never the root issue. Money making is always the root issue in a Price System.
Because of our various energy production and delivery systems now, and the myriad designs which convert that power into desired functions, each person now has many inanimate energy appliances working on their behalf 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike the former human slaves that were overtly used in the past, such energy converting machines do not suffer, tire, complain, or run away.
In the current system most all participate in another kind of slavery (wage slaves) Energy Accounting offers the alternative to that Price System method.
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December 23, 2007 Subject:
Technocracy precludes special interest groups
It is no surprise then that ordinary slavery in the industrialized world disappeared shortly after the release of coal power and the steam engine.
Human slave owners understood that human slaves required a lot of overhead in money or debt tokens to maintain.
Because a humans output (about 1/20th of a horsepower, or around 36 watts) became more expensive than machine power to maintain, and would not allow then for a Price System profit, slavery was abolished, and those human slaves then made into wage slaves to join the already working 'free' wage slaves.
Instead of being owned as private property and bought and sold on a contractual civil law basis, human slaves were given wage slave status instead, in the caste class system of modern North America.
-- It remains for the future to also free the wage slaves from their unfortunate position.
The Technate design does that as it eliminates this ancient feature of the Price System (wages).